North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced the availability of CyberPatriot, an online cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 

 North Dakota Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford announced today that anti-malware software is available to all counties in North Dakota at no cost to their agencies. 

Testing and contact tracing have become part of our daily vernacular.

And since the first positive COVID-19 case in North Dakota March 11, Team ND has had a singular focus: protect lives and livelihoods.

This is the story of how people, process and technology came together to transform the state’s efforts to contact testing and tracing – key pieces to the overall equation – through a unified approach built on technology, automation and teamwork.

North Dakota Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford announced today that anti-malware software is available to all K-12 schools in North Dakota at no cost. NDIT is able to provide installation, licenses and self-service access for schools due to enhanced capabilities and a unified, statewide approach to cybersecurity strategy. Previously a small fee was required per device; however, that requirement is being removed due to increased threats tied to the pandemic and more widespread virtual learning.

North Dakota Health Information Exchange (HIE) director Shila Blend today announced that the state’s Health Information Network (HIN) has expanded its reach through the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative. The PCDH effort broadens the health information exchange footprint across the region and nation, providing more seamless exchange of patient-centered data between and among providers.

 North Dakota’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) program, which provides data to support schoolsresearch and evaluation of education and training programs, has added new features on the website. 

These analysis and drill-down capabilities support a data-driven approach to education outcomes, policy and the 21st century workforce pillar of Gov. Burgum’s Main Street Initiative, emphasizing a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure and healthy, vibrant communities to help the state’s economy continue to recover from economic impacts of COVID-19. 

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Jeff Hensel as the Information Technology agency’s first Chief Customer Success Officer (CCSO), a position directly aligned with elevating NDIT’s focus on driving value for customers through a holistic strategy focused on people, process and technology to achieve business needs.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and EduTech Director Rosi Kloberdanz today announced a Professional Learning Program beginning in June for middle school teachers and July for high school teachers. There is also a program available for elementary teachers.

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the 290 high school women from 21 schools who participated in this year’s Girls Go CyberStart competition sponsored by the SANS Institute. This program is designed to help young women develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills through a series of online cybersecurity challenges.

North Dakota Information Technology, EduTech, Gateway to Science and Microsoft Corp., today announced a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal,, designed to help fill the growing need for PPE throughout the state.